Dislocated Elbow

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Dislocated Elbow

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What is Dislocated Elbow?

When you dislocate your elbow, it means that the end of your upper arm bone (the humerus) has popped out of its socket. The socket is the joint where your humerus connects to your forearm bones.

The most common cause of a dislocated elbow is falling on an outstretched hand or with the elbow bent back. The result is usually pain, swelling, bruising and limited mobility in the joint.

What are the types of Dislocated Elbow?

A dislocated elbow is a common injury that can happen to anyone. If you’ve suffered a dislocated elbow, you may have heard that it’s categorized into three types: simple, complex, and extra-articular.

Simple

A simple dislocation occurs when the head of the radius (a bone in your forearm) slips out of its normal position at the top of your humerus (the upper arm bone). This is the most common type of dislocation.

Complex

A complex dislocation occurs when your ulna (another bone in your forearm) also dislocates at the same time as your radius does. This type of dislocation can be more difficult to treat because it involves two bones instead of one.

Extra-articular

An extra-articular dislocation occurs when your ligaments become damaged while they’re trying to hold your elbow joint together””for example, if you fall on top of your hand with your forearm bent at an awkward angle while playing basketball or baseball.”

What are the causes of Dislocated Elbow?

  • The most common cause of dislocated elbow is falling on your arm. Other causes include:
  • a hard blow to the elbow, such as by a baseball bat or hockey stick
  • Tripping over a curb or other obstacle, which can cause the elbow to be pulled out of its socket
  • Some sports, such as martial arts, where punching or striking your arms against an object can lead to a dislocated elbow

What are the symptoms of Dislocated Elbow?

Dislocated Elbow is a condition that occurs when the elbow joint is dislocated. The symptoms of Dislocated Elbow include:

  • A popping sensation in the elbow joint
  • Pain in the elbow joint
  • Swelling in the elbow region
  • Loss of mobility in the joint
  • Deformity of the elbow (i.e., bent or twisted)
  • Bruising (black-and-blue discoloration) around or near the joint

What are the risk factors for Dislocated Elbow?

Risk factors for Dislocated Elbow include:

  • Overuse of the arm
  • Sports injuries to the elbow and shoulder
  • Injuries from falls or accidents
  • Anatomical abnormalities (tendons or ligaments that are overly tight or loose)
  • Previous injury to the elbow joint

Recommended Exercise

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What are the exercises for Dislocated Elbow?

There are a few exercises that you can do for a dislocated elbow, including:

  • Make a fist and rotate your arm in circles, with the palm facing down. Do this slowly at first, and then increase the speed of your circles.
  • Use a towel to make a circle shape with your fingers. Hold the ends of the towel tube with one hand and move your wrist around inside it.
  • Lie on your back and raise both arms over your head so that they’re parallel to each other. Put one hand behind your neck or on your shoulder blade, and then rotate your forearm outwards into a “T” shape. Repeat 10 times on each side (20 totals).

What are the treatments for Dislocated Elbow?

Treatment for dislocated elbow varies depending on the severity of the injury.

If you suspect you have a dislocated elbow, seek medical attention immediately. In most cases, a dislocated elbow can be treated successfully with surgery or physical therapy to realign and stabilize the bones.

The best way to treat a dislocated elbow is to use an arm sling to keep the elbow immobilized while it heals. The sling will help reduce pain and swelling while also allowing your body to rest and heal naturally as it adjusts to its new position. You may also need additional treatments like ice or heat to reduce inflammation and swelling around your joint area, as well as exercises that build up strength in your arms until they regain full functionality again!

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What brace is used for Dislocated Elbow?

A cast is the most common option for treating a dislocated elbow. A cast will be used to stabilize the joint and help with healing. The doctor may also prescribe some exercises you can do to help your elbow heal faster.

A dynamic splint is another option for treating a dislocated elbow. This is a special brace that has hinges on it so that it can be opened and closed as needed. It may be used if you want to keep your arm straight for a while after surgery or if you have other injuries that need to be treated at the same time.

Postoperative ROM brace is another option for treating a dislocated elbow. This type of brace helps stabilize your elbow while allowing it to move through its full range of motion during healing.          

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